Long-Distance Rides (PR) 2007-06-04 - Hardest conditions for driver and bike
Ritzenried. The Hornig Company has found a new way of testing its products under
unbelievable difficult conditions: by sponsoring a Long-Distance rider of
the IronButt Association (IBA). The IBA's members are Motorcyclists who enjoy riding more than 1000 miles in one day, of course, in a safe way. The Hornig products have to pass that long-term test to assure best quality to the later customers. The rallies organized by IBA members are probably the hardest ones on the globe - for riders as well as for the machine.
Their Sponsored Rider is Dave Derrick who has been a Long-Distance rider for a while now. He's riding a 2000 BMW R1100RT with many special modifications.
Dave installed a new stock muffler (Hornig), new brake discs rotors (Hornig) and a precise adjusted WP suspension (Hornig). The twin spark alteration has been installed on the motor for better MPG as well as cutting back the gears faces in the transmission for premium race quality shifting. Additionally, he has installed an enlarged the auxiliary fuel cell to carry the maximum by IBR rules (11.5 gal.). The rear rim was changed out to a 17" to provide improved tire choices and a custom-made map case for better holding of the rally book information has been fitted for use on the tank bag. Also installed on the motorcycle is a communication system wired into the rider's headset that includes a CB radio with integrated phone, radar detector, 2 GPS units, an I Pod and PDA.
It is Dave's intention this season to ride in all the US East Coast rallies
offered this year before the "Main Event", the IronButt Rally (which can
briefly be described as 11000 miles in 11days). The plan is to improve the
skills for that event by riding hard in the member sponsored events. Already this year Dave has competed in three competitions.
In the year's first event, The Cape Fear, his auxiliary fuel system
developed trouble, which caused his planed route to change
but he still finished in 13th position in a field of 89 starting, having
road 1303 miles in 26 hours.
The Rhode Island Rally is a 12-hour rally, which at first you might think
would be an easier competition. But in fact a 12-hour event leaves no time
for making any mistakes that may happen during a planned route. Dave rode 547 miles in the 12 hours and came in 2nd in this solo effort.
Round three of this year's schedule the MD 20/20 Rally starting in York, PA Dave came back with two awards; Fourth Place over all and Most Miles ridden in the competition. In this rally Mr. Derrick traveled 1641miles in 30, which include 2 hours of sleep time.
When speaking about his sport, Dave always stresses the importance of safe riding practices including the awareness of the mental and physical state during the ride. "Speed does not win competitions; time management and route planning are the golds to a winning run."
Hornig Company wishes their driver much luck for the next rallies and many more good places - especially
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